Black Rock City Post Office - Volunteering

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Black Rock City Post Office - Volunteering

Postby magnolica » Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:41 pm

Is there any formal process to be a post office volunteer? When I was at Burning Man in 2007 I was allowed to do some basic mail deliveries but I would like to be more involved with the post office if possible. Any information is appreciated!
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Postby C.f.M. » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:44 am

Go. to. burningman.com.

Sign up to volunteer. Get your reply and make things happen.
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Postby teardropper » Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:25 am

A good place to work. Remember, they like their swag over there. Bacon, PBR's, stamps. Remember this, it will help you.
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Postby gyre » Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:04 pm

Show up and they give you mail.
Deliver mail.

You'll meet a lot of people trying to figure out where the hell you're going.
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Postby Kinetik V » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:23 pm

While the process may have changed I just showed up, started talking and asking questions, and before long I was out the door delivering mail. It was one of THE BEST things one can volunteer to do at BM. And if you're shy and want to break out of it...doing mail delivery can be wonderful. It gives you an excuse for going into camps and places you might normally never go. And you'll meet more awesome people too...I hope we get an "official" answer but you'll love working for the BRCPO.
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Postby motskyroonmatick » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:22 am

I thought BRCPO was a theme camp...Not an org institution. Correct me if I am wrong.

I've got mail through them. It was awesome!
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Postby illy dilly » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:52 am

motskyroonmatick wrote:I thought BRCPO was a theme camp...Not an org institution. Correct me if I am wrong.

I've got mail through them. It was awesome!

I think you're right.
The post office delivery sounded like a good time, so I've been checking it out. It sounds like its more of an established highly recognized theme camp, than a Burning Man controlled institute.
Either way it sounds like fun!!!
If anyone knows exactly, I'd like more info?
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Postby gaminwench » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:00 am

it is definitely a real post office! Getting mail from the default world, delivered by an hysterically funny, disgruntled P.O. worker who accepts/demands schwag on delivery, is a highlight in our camp every year...
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Postby teardropper » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:06 am

Yeah, they're a PO. BRC has its own zip code and cancellation stamp.
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Postby illy dilly » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:43 am

teardropper wrote:Yeah, they're a PO. BRC has its own zip code and cancellation stamp.

Does that mean I could mail something to my self? Drop it in the mail a couple days before I leave town? and someone will bring it to?
I might even drop it in the mail, pick it up at the BRC PO, and deliver it to my self at my own camp!
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Postby gaminwench » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:53 am

YES! I'd leave a week's grace, just in case... you know how the P.O. can be!!
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Postby illy dilly » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:00 pm

I was unaware the possibilities! I can send my self little reminders "Don't forget to wash your feet", "Were are the car keys? put them someplace safe!" "You put the you know what, behind the you know were" "we'll, I'm glad you made it home safe! Now start some laundry!"
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Postby gaminwench » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:07 pm

and, if you bring postcards & stamps, you can mail stuff from BRC to the outside world (or yourself)...
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Postby teardropper » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:14 pm

Cost me much swag to get my postcards mailed and stamped last year. But I mailed one to myself for the BRC cancellation stamp. Tip: Bring your own stamps. Another Tip: Bring your own cards. I had some cards made for this year of a photo I took to give away, had the stamp made, too.
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Postby illy dilly » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:14 pm

gaminwench wrote:and, if you bring postcards & stamps, you can mail stuff from BRC to the outside world (or yourself)...

So then does mailing with in black rock city take a stamp?
I found a web site yesterday where you can make your own stamps. It was mostly for wedding invitations, but I'm sure it could be manipulated to our needs.
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Postby illy dilly » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:19 pm

Custom postage
http://www.zazzle.com/custom/stamps
It ends up costing about $.80 for a .44 stamp
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Postby teardropper » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:33 pm

If you use postcards, it's $.28.
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Postby illy dilly » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:08 pm

Wow, come to think of it I don't know when the last time I used a stamp was.
So if you were going to send something to the Playa, would you just address it to what you thought someones location would be, "4:00 and C-ish". Or would you put the name, city, state, and zip and hope they registered at center camp? Which theoretically would give their street address?
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Postby Fire_Moose » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:21 pm

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Postby motskyroonmatick » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:05 pm

Registering your names and camp location in the Playa Info database may really make a big difference in a letter or person finding you.
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Postby gyre » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:47 pm

I think you need the address on the mail.

I don't think you need postage for mail in the city.
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Postby Elorrum » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:59 pm

illy dilly wrote:
gaminwench wrote:and, if you bring postcards & stamps, you can mail stuff from BRC to the outside world (or yourself)...

So then does mailing with in black rock city take a stamp?
I found a web site yesterday where you can make your own stamps. It was mostly for wedding invitations, but I'm sure it could be manipulated to our needs.


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Postby illy dilly » Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:16 am

Elorrum wrote:
illy dilly wrote:
gaminwench wrote:and, if you bring postcards & stamps, you can mail stuff from BRC to the outside world (or yourself)...

So then does mailing with in black rock city take a stamp?
I found a web site yesterday where you can make your own stamps. It was mostly for wedding invitations, but I'm sure it could be manipulated to our needs.


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Postby teardropper » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:15 am

Black Rock City Post Office is not part of BMorg, it is a theme camp. In a very special relationship with the USPS, they let them handle and cancel mail. And there is such a thing as intra city postage, what you use to post from city to city. It has no cash value but you probably have to trade a lot of swag to do it.
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Postby illy dilly » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:45 am

Thanks for the info!
So is the best way to volunteer to just show up? Or is it better to sign up before I get to BRC?
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Can I mail a large envelope or small box?

Postby Airflyte12 » Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:18 pm

I wanted to send out a bunch of polaroids from the playa out. More than would fit in a ordinary envelope and was wondering if there were any limitations as long as I have enough postage. If anyone can help me out with an answer it would be appreciated.
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Postby Sham » Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:12 pm

There should be no problem with a large envelope. This will be collected by the BRCPO and the stamps will be cancelled by them (awesome cancellation stamp) and it will be then turned over to the USPS for regular delivery. You would only have a problem if you were trying to ship boxes of supplies back home. Polaroids? Isn't that what they used to do in the olden days before digital? :roll:
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Postby oldsoul » Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:13 pm

I dunno about sending boxes out from the playa, but I know I delivered a priority mail box (with some very interesting contents) when I helped deliver mail in 2005!

The post theme camp has a website out there I believe. A little bit of searching should turn it up, and you could inquire more directly as to possibly becoming more involved. I know I had a blast delivering mail in 2005 and thought it would be an awesome camp to become more involved with, so good luck to you!
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Postby Janet Planet » Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:21 pm

Delivering mail was one of my FAVORITE experiences last year and I will definitely be back! It took me into all sorts of places, including delivering a letter from Mom to a girl on a cot with an IV in her arm, in the med tent.
I didn't demand any schwag tho.
If you want to mail postcards from BRC, bring your stamps. And while you're at it, bring some extra stamps for the Post Office, they can sure use them.
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Postby illy dilly » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:19 am

Check list
[_] Book of Stamps
[_] Post cards
[_] Envelopes
[_] Beer (for bribing PO employees)

Now what do I mail from Default, to my self on playa? O the possibilities
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